South Australian subspecies of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami halmaturinus) Recovery Plan 2005-2010
Mooney, P.A. and Pedler, L.P. SA Glossy Black-Cockatoo Recovery Team
South Australian Government Department for Environment and Heritage
About the plan
The South Australian subspecies of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo (GBC) (Calyptorhynchus lathami halmaturinus) has disappeared from the South Australian mainland and is currently restricted to Kangaroo Island. It is listed as Endangered under the Australian Government's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The current population is estimated at 290-300 birds, including approximately 200 mature individuals.
The South Australian subspecies of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo requires high quality Drooping Sheoak (Allocasuarina verticillata) woodland for foraging, and large hollow bearing eucalypts for roosting and nesting habitat. Nest failure rate in unprotected nests is high, principally as a result of predation by Common Brushtail Possums (Trichosurus vulpecula).
Availability of feeding habitat and suitable nest hollows may limit abundance in the future. Fires that occur too frequently may also diminish the availability of habitat critical for survival.
Download the recovery plan
- Download Glossy Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami halmaturinus) Recovery Plan (c-lathami-halmaturinus.pdf - 220 KB)